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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210850/the-laminar-organization-of-the-motor-cortex-in-monodactylous-mammals-a-comparative-assessment-based-on-horse-chimpanzee-and-macaque
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Bruno Cozzi, Alberto De Giorgio, A Peruffo, S Montelli, M Panin, C Bombardi, A Grandis, A Pirone, P Zambenedetti, L Corain, Alberto Granato
The architecture of the neocortex classically consists of six layers, based on cytological criteria and on the layout of intra/interlaminar connections. Yet, the comparison of cortical cytoarchitectonic features across different species proves overwhelmingly difficult, due to the lack of a reliable model to analyze the connection patterns of neuronal ensembles forming the different layers. We first defined a set of suitable morphometric cell features, obtained in digitized Nissl-stained sections of the motor cortex of the horse, chimpanzee, and crab-eating macaque...
February 16, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208233/neonatal-exposure-to-endocrine-disrupting-chemicals-impair-learning-behaviour-by-disrupting-hippocampal-organization-in-male-swiss-albino-mice
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Rakesh Bhaskar, Ashish K Mishra, Banalata Mohanty
Hippocampus is highly susceptible to endocrine disrupting chemicals exposure particularly during the critical phase of brain development. In the present study, mice offspring were exposed to endocrine disruptors mancozeb (MCZ) and imidacloprid (IMI) individually (40 mg MCZ and 0.65 mg IMI/kg/day) as well as to their equimixture (40 mg MCZ + 0.65 mg IMI/kg/day) through the diet of lactating mothers from post-natal day (PND) 1 to PND 28. Half of the randomly selected male offspring were killed at PND 29 and the rest half were left unexposed and killed at PND 63...
February 16, 2017: Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206669/characterization-of-focal-cortical-dysplasia-with-balloon-cells-by-layer-specific-markers-evidence-for-differential-vulnerability-of-interneurons
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Julia M Nakagawa, Catharina Donkels, Susanne Fauser, Andreas Schulze- Bonhage, Marco Prinz, Josef Zentner, Carola A Haas
OBJECTIVE: Focal cortical dysplasia (FCD) is a major cause of pharmacoresistant focal epilepsy. Little is known about the pathomechanisms underlying the characteristic cytoarchitectural abnormalities associated with FCD. In the present study, a broad panel of markers identifying layer-specific neuron subpopulations was applied to characterize dyslamination and structural alterations in FCD with balloon cells (FCD 2b). METHODS: Pan-neuronal neuronal nuclei (NeuN) and layer-specific protein expression (Reelin, Calbindin, Calretinin, SMI32 (nonphosphorylated neurofilament H), Parvalbumin, transducin-like enhancer protein 4 (TLE4), and Vimentin) was studied by immunohistochemistry on paraffin sections of FCD2b cases (n = 22) and was compared to two control groups with (n = 7) or without epilepsy (n = 4 postmortem cases)...
February 16, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203043/influence-of-antenatal-synthetic-glucocorticoid-administration-on-pyramidal-cell-morphology-and-microtubule-associated-protein-type-2-map2-in-rat-cerebrocortical-neurons
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Rodrigo Pascual, Isabel Cuevas, Odra Santander, Martina Valencia
Previous animal studies have indicated that excessive prenatal circulating glucocorticoid (GC) levels induced by the antenatal administration of synthetic GC (sGC) significantly alter neuronal development in the cerebellar and hippocampal neurons of the offspring. However, it is unknown whether antenatal sGC administration results in long-term neocortical pyramidal cell impairment. In the current study, we examined whether an equivalent therapeutic dose of antenatal betamethasone phosphate (BET) in pregnant rats alters the Golgi-stained basilar dendritic length and histochemical expression of dendritic microtubule-associated protein 2 (MAP2) of neocortical pyramidal cells in infant, adolescent, and young adult offspring...
January 2017: Clinical Pediatric Endocrinology: Case Reports and Clinical Investigations: Official Journal of the Japanese Society for Pediatric Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202717/%C3%AE-adrenoceptor-activation-enhances-l-type-calcium-channel-currents-in-anterior-piriform-cortex-pyramidal-cells-of-neonatal-mice-implication-for-odor-learning
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Abhinaba Ghosh, Bandhan Mukherjee, Xihua Chen, Qi Yuan
Early odor preference learning occurs in one-week-old rodents when a novel odor is paired with a tactile stimulation mimicking maternal care. β-Adrenoceptors and L-type calcium channels (LTCCs) in the anterior piriform cortex (aPC) are critically involved in this learning. However, whether β-adrenoceptors interact directly with LTCCs in aPC pyramidal cells is unknown. Here we show that pyramidal cells expressed significant LTCC currents that declined with age. β-Adrenoceptor activation via isoproterenol age-dependently enhanced LTCC currents...
March 2017: Learning & Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193882/neuronal-hyperexcitability-in-a-mouse-model-of-scn8a-epileptic-encephalopathy
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Luis F Lopez-Santiago, Yukun Yuan, Jacy L Wagnon, Jacob M Hull, Chad R Frasier, Heather A O'Malley, Miriam H Meisler, Lori L Isom
Patients with early infantile epileptic encephalopathy (EIEE) experience severe seizures and cognitive impairment and are at increased risk for sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP). EIEE13 [Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) # 614558] is caused by de novo missense mutations in the voltage-gated sodium channel gene SCN8A Here, we investigated the neuronal phenotype of a mouse model expressing the gain-of-function SCN8A patient mutation, p.Asn1768Asp (Nav1.6-N1768D). Our results revealed regional and neuronal subtype specificity in the effects of the N1768D mutation...
February 13, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193459/epileptiform-activity-and-behavioral-arrests-in-mice-overexpressing-the-calcium-channel-subunit-%C3%AE-2%C3%AE-1
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Leonardo C Faria, Feng Gu, Isabel Parada, Ben Barres, Z David Luo, David A Prince
: The alpha2delta-1 subunit (α2δ-1) of voltage-gated calcium channels is a receptor for astrocyte-secreted thrombospondins that promote developmental synaptogenesis.Alpha2delta-1 receptors are upregulated in models of injury-induced peripheral pain and epileptogenic neocortical trauma associated with an enhancement of excitatory synaptic connectivity. These results lead to the hypothesis that overexpression of α2δ-1 alone in neocortex of uninjured transgenic (TG) mice might result in increased excitatory connectivity and consequent cortical hyperexcitability and epileptiform activity...
February 10, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191598/diacylglycerol-kinase-%C3%AE%C2%B5-localizes-to-subsurface-cisterns-of-cerebellar-purkinje-cells
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Yasukazu Hozumi, Hiroki Fujiwara, Kenya Kaneko, Satoshi Fujii, Matthew K Topham, Masahiko Watanabe, Kaoru Goto
Following activation of Gq protein-coupled receptors, phospholipase C yields a pair of second messengers: diacylglycerol (DG) and inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate. Diacylglycerol kinase (DGK) phosphorylates DG to produce phosphatidic acid, another second messenger. Of the DGK family, DGKε is the only DGK isoform that exhibits substrate specificity for DG with an arachidonoyl acyl chain at the sn-2 position. Recently, we demonstrated that hydrophobic residues in the N-terminus of DGKε play an important role in targeting the endoplasmic reticulum in transfected cells...
February 13, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190661/the-novel-antipsychotic-drug-brexpiprazole-alone-and-in-combination-with-escitalopram-facilitates-prefrontal-glutamatergic-transmission-via-a-dopamine-d1-receptor-dependent-mechanism
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Carl Björkholm, Monica M Marcus, Åsa Konradsson-Geuken, Kent Jardemark, Torgny H Svensson
Brexpiprazole (Rexulti(®)), a novel D2/3 receptor (R) partial agonist, was recently approved as monotherapy for schizophrenia, demonstrating effectiveness against both positive and negative symptoms, and also approved as add-on treatment to antidepressant drugs, inducing a potent antidepressant effect with a faster onset compared to an antidepressant given alone. Moreover, brexpiprazole has demonstrated pro-cognitive effects in preclinical studies. To explore whether the observed effects may be mediated via modulation of prefrontal glutamatergic transmission, we investigated the effect of brexpiprazole, alone and in combination with the SSRI escitalopram, on prefrontal glutamatergic transmission using in vitro electrophysiological intracellular recordings of deep layer pyramidal cells of the rat medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC)...
February 9, 2017: European Neuropsychopharmacology: the Journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183624/hierarchical-surface-patterning-of-ni-and-be-free-ti-and-zr-based-bulk-metallic-glasses-by-thermoplastic-net-shaping
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Baran Sarac, Supriya Bera, Sascha Balakin, Mihai Stoica, Mariana Calin, Jürgen Eckert
In order to establish a strong cell-material interaction, the surface topography of the implant material plays an important role. This contribution aims to analyze the formation kinetics of nickel and beryllium-free Ti- and Zr-based Bulk Metallic Glasses (BMGs) with potential biomedical applications. The surface patterning of the BMGs is achieved by thermoplastic net-shaping (TPN) into anisotropically etched cavities of silicon chips. The forming kinetics of the BMG alloys is assessed by thermal and mechanical measurements to determine the most suitable processing temperature and time, and load applied...
April 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182735/chrna2-martinotti-cells-synchronize-layer-5-type-a-pyramidal-cells-via-rebound-excitation
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Markus M Hilscher, Richardson N Leão, Steven J Edwards, Katarina E Leão, Klas Kullander
Martinotti cells are the most prominent distal dendrite-targeting interneurons in the cortex, but their role in controlling pyramidal cell (PC) activity is largely unknown. Here, we show that the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor α2 subunit (Chrna2) specifically marks layer 5 (L5) Martinotti cells projecting to layer 1. Furthermore, we confirm that Chrna2-expressing Martinotti cells selectively target L5 thick-tufted type A PCs but not thin-tufted type B PCs. Using optogenetic activation and inhibition, we demonstrate how Chrna2-Martinotti cells robustly reset and synchronize type A PCs via slow rhythmic burst activity and rebound excitation...
February 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178946/quantitative-analysis-of-axon-collaterals-of-single-pyramidal-cells-of-the-anterior-piriform-cortex-of-the-guinea-pig
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Junli Yang, Gerhard Litscher, Zhongren Sun, Qiang Tang, Kiyoshi Kishi, Satoko Oda, Masaaki Takayanagi, Zemin Sheng, Yang Liu, Wenhai Guo, Ting Zhang, Lu Wang, Ingrid Gaischek, Daniela Litscher, Irmgard Th Lippe, Masaru Kuroda
BACKGROUND: The role of the piriform cortex (PC) in olfactory information processing remains largely unknown. The anterior part of the piriform cortex (APC) has been the focus of cortical-level studies of olfactory coding, and associative processes have attracted considerable attention as an important part in odor discrimination and olfactory information processing. Associational connections of pyramidal cells in the guinea pig APC were studied by direct visualization of axons stained and quantitatively analyzed by intracellular biocytin injection in vivo...
February 8, 2017: BMC Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176016/choline-induces-opposite-changes-in-pyramidal-neuron-excitability-and-synaptic-transmission-through-a-nicotinic-receptor-independent-process-in-hippocampal-slices
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E Albiñana, J G Luengo, A M Baraibar, M D Muñoz, L Gandía, J M Solís, J M Hernández-Guijo
Choline is present at cholinergic synapses as a product of acetylcholine degradation. In addition, it is considered a selective agonist for α5 and α7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs). In this study, we determined how choline affects action potentials and excitatory synaptic transmission using extracellular and intracellular recording techniques in CA1 area of hippocampal slices obtained from both mice and rats. Choline caused a reversible depression of evoked field excitatory postsynaptic potentials (fEPSPs) in a concentration-dependent manner that was not affected by α7 nAChR antagonists...
February 8, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168075/metastatic-renal-cell-carcinoma-presenting-as-a-paranasal-sinus-mass-the-importance-of-differential-diagnosis
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Massimo Ralli, Giancarlo Altissimi, Rosaria Turchetta, Mario Rigante
Metastases in the paranasal sinuses are rare; renal cell carcinoma is the most common cancer that metastasizes to this region. We present the case of a patient with a 4-month history of a rapidly growing mass of the nasal pyramid following a nasal trauma, associated with spontaneous epistaxis and multiple episodes of hematuria. Cranial CT scan and MRI showed an ethmoid mass extending to the choanal region, the right orbit, and the right frontal sinus with an initial intracranial extension. Patient underwent surgery with a trans-sinusal frontal approach using a bicoronal incision combined with an anterior midfacial degloving; histological exam was compatible with a metastasis of clear cell renal cell carcinoma...
2017: Case Reports in Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28165465/apical-dendrite-degeneration-a-novel-cellular-pathology-for-betz-cells-in-als
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Barış Genç, Javier H Jara, Amiko K B Lagrimas, Peter Pytel, Raymond P Roos, M Marsel Mesulam, Changiz Geula, Eileen H Bigio, P Hande Özdinler
Apical dendrites of Betz cells are important sites for the integration of cortical input, however their health has not been fully assessed in ALS patients. We investigated the primary motor cortices isolated from post-mortem normal control subjects, patients with familial ALS (fALS), sporadic ALS (sALS), ALS with frontotemporal dementia (FTD-ALS), and Alzheimer's disease (AD), and found profound apical dendrite degeneration of Betz cells in both fALS and sALS, as well as FTD-ALS patients. In contrast, Betz cells of AD patients and normal controls retain cellular integrity in the motor cortex, and CA1 pyramidal neurons show abnormalities predominantly within their soma, rather than the apical dendrite...
February 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161158/fingolimod-fty720-attenuates-social-deficits-learning-and-memory-impairments-neuronal-loss-and-neuroinflammation-in-the-rat-model-of-autism
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Hongmei Wu, Xuelai Wang, Jingquan Gao, Shuang Liang, Yanqiu Hao, Caihong Sun, Wei Xia, Yonggang Cao, Lijie Wu
AIMS: To investigate the effect of FTY720 on the valproic acid (VPA) rat model of autism. MAIN METHODS: As an animal model of autism, we used intraperitoneal injection of VPA on embryonic day 12.5 in Wistar rats. The pups were given FTY720 orally at doses of 0.25, 0.5 and 1mg/kg daily from postnatal day 15 to 35. Social behavior, spatial learning and memory were assessed at the end of FTY720 treatment. The histological change, oxidative stress, neuroinflammatory responses, and apoptosis-related proteins in the hippocampus were evaluated...
February 1, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28158488/social-isolation-during-the-critical-period-reduces-synaptic-and-intrinsic-excitability-of-a-subtype-of-pyramidal-cell-in-mouse-prefrontal-cortex
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Kazuhiko Yamamuro, Hiroki Yoshino, Yoichi Ogawa, Manabu Makinodan, Michihiro Toritsuka, Masayuki Yamashita, Gabriel Corfas, Toshifumi Kishimoto
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 3, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157554/running-induced-memory-enhancement-correlates-with-the-preservation-of-thin-spines-in-the-hippocampal-area-ca1-of-old-c57bl-6-mice
#18
Benke Xu, Anbang Sun, Yun He, Feng Qian, Lian Liu, Yuncai Chen, Huanmin Luo
The effects of prolonged physical training on memory performance and underlying synaptic mechanisms were investigated in old C57BL/6 mice. Training via voluntary running wheels was initiated at 16 months of age and continued for 5 months (1 hour per day and 5 days per week), followed by learning and memory test and spine/synapse analysis. Trained old mice were compared with their age-matched sedentary controls and aged adult controls. This training improved hippocampal-dependent spatial learning and memory function in old mice, and enhanced cognition was accompanied by increased density of spines on CA1 pyramidal cells in the hippocampus...
January 11, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28151568/silicon-organic-hybrid-solar-cells-with-16-2-efficiency-and-improved-stability-by-formation-of-conformal-heterojunction-coating-and-moisture-resistant-capping-layer
#19
Jian He, Pingqi Gao, Zhenhai Yang, Jing Yu, Wei Yu, Yu Zhang, Jiang Sheng, Jichun Ye, Joseph Chen Amine, Yi Cui
Silicon/poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) heterojunction solar cells with 16.2% efficiency and excellent stability are fabricated on pyramid-textured silicon substrates by applying a water-insoluble ester as capping layer. It shows that conformal coating of PEDOT:PSS on textured silicon can greatly improve the junction quality with the main stability failure routes related to the moisture-induced poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) aggregations and the tunneling silicon oxide autothickening...
February 2, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28147272/neuregulin-3-mediates-cortical-plate-invasion-and-laminar-allocation-of-gabaergic-interneurons
#20
Giorgia Bartolini, Juan Antonio Sánchez-Alcañiz, Catarina Osório, Manuel Valiente, Cristina García-Frigola, Oscar Marín
Neural circuits in the cerebral cortex consist of excitatory pyramidal cells and inhibitory interneurons. These two main classes of cortical neurons follow largely different genetic programs, yet they assemble into highly specialized circuits during development following a very precise choreography. Previous studies have shown that signals produced by pyramidal cells influence the migration of cortical interneurons, but the molecular nature of these factors has remained elusive. Here, we identified Neuregulin 3 (Nrg3) as a chemoattractive factor expressed by developing pyramidal cells that guides the allocation of cortical interneurons in the developing cortical plate...
January 31, 2017: Cell Reports
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